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Last updated: Tuesday 20 April 2021
We have already made our operations as Covid-safe as possible. In lockdown, please be extra vigilant about maintaining social distance, washing hands frequently and wearing a face covering.
Veg scheme updates Please check back here regularly.
Farmers' market updates. Which stalls to expect this Saturday.
Market is open every Saturday 10am - 2.30pm
It's no longer mandatory to wear a mask at the market. Please continue to respect the 2 metre distancing rules. There is hand sanitiser at the gate and a hand-washing station inside the market.
We all enjoy meeting friends at the market, but please be mindful of the queue of people waiting outside. Shop as quickly as possible and don't stop to chat!
Don't bring children if you can avoid it and leave bicycles outside. Please leave the market before eating takeaway food.
If you'd like to receive weekly email updates about the farmers' market and other GC activities, please use the Subscribe to our mailing list box at the bottom of this page.
Provisional stall list for Saturday 24 April: Better Health Bakery are back!
(Eric, of Honey Hydrant, is at the market on the first and third Saturdays of the month with his local honeys. Nettle plant-based cheeses are at the market every second and fourth week of the month.)
* Galileo Organic Farm accepts email orders until 12 noon each Wednesday. Collect from the market between 12 noon and 2.30pm on Saturdays.
PaMa is not attending the farmers' market for now, but you can order online through this link: PaMa online shop.
Keep yourself and others safe
Respect social distancing and wear a mask when collecting your bags.
Don't want your bags?
Our Food Credit Scheme is the best way to donate your bags. It's more effective and less wasteful than leaving unwanted bags at your collection point. The money goes into a central pot, then we deliver fresh, organic produce when and where it’s needed directly from GC HQ, usually to Hackney Food Bank.
Click the purple links for collection details.
Castle Climbing Centre - EXTENDED HOURS FROM THURSDAY 15 APRIL + SWAP BOX!
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden EXTENDED HOURS FROM THURSDAY 15 APRIL + SWAP BOX!
Organic & Natural THE SWAP BOX IS BACK
If you are a member of the veg scheme and need to contact us, please email us.
Castle Climbing Centre
Green Lanes, N4 2HA
EXTENDED OPENING HOURS FROM THURSDAY 15 APRIL Collection times: Thursday 3pm - 9pm, Friday 9am - 9pm. (The centre has reopened to climbers.)
The swap box is back!
Feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one.
Don't prop the doors open when you collect. Please respect the space, keep fire exits clear and remember to close the doors and gate when you leave, then wash your hands when you get home.
Please note: don’t be confused by the padlock to the right of the GC door, which gives access to a private Castle workspace. You can still open the left-hand door to access our cupboard using the keypad as usual.
Copper Lane N16
Springdale Road (between numbers 15 & 17) N16 9NG
Collection times: Wednesdays 4pm – 8.30pm, Thursdays 9.30am – 8.30pm, Fridays 9.30am – 3pm (check your online account, email or text for the padlock code)
161 Northwold Road, Upper Clapton, E5 8RL
Collection times: Thursdays 3.30pm - 9pm, Fridays 8am - 5pm.
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
EXTENDED OPENING HOURS FROM THURSDAY 15 APRIL Collection times: Thursdays: 3pm - 6.30pm. Fridays: 2pm - 8pm. Garden is now open slightly later in the evenings.
Enter through the front gates by the peace mural.
The swap box is back!
Mentmore Terrace, E8 3PH
Collection times: Thursdays 9am-3pm; Fridays 9am-3pm (e5 Bakehouse now closes at 3pm every day)
To collect, join the queue at the door. Make sure you know which bags you should be collecting - these are listed in your online account, your weekly email newsletter and your weekly text. e5 staff will bring your bags to you. Please be patient, wear a mask and respect social distancing rules.
Hackney City Farm
Hackney Road, E2 8QA
Collection times: Weds 6-8pm, Thurs 11am-7.30pm, Fri 11am-4pm. Get Loose unpackaged shop is also open during most of these hours.
On Wednesdays, please only go into the veg collection room two at a time. You can access the veg cupboards on Thursday and Friday.
Hackney Downs Studios
Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT
Collection times: Wednesdays 8pm-10pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm; Fridays 8am-8pm.
Please wear a mask when collecting, go into the shed one at a time and stand back from other people who are collecting their bags. Please let us know if you have any problems accessing the shed or collecting your bags.
8 Mackintosh Lane, Homerton, E9 6AB
Collection times: Wednesdays 7.30pm-10pm, Thursdays 8am-10pm, Fridays 8am-10pm.
Clapton Common, London E5 9AA
Collection times: (Provisional) Wednesday 6.30pm - 9pm, Thursday 9am - 9pm, Friday 9am - 3pm
The Old Fire Station
61 Leswin Road, N16 7NX
Collection times: Wednesdays 3.30pm-9pm (staffed 3.30pm-7.30pm), Thursdays 8am-9pm, Fridays 8am-5pm. At Wednesday's staffed bag pick-up, collect from the main Fire Station through the red double doors. For later collections in the yard, please close the cupboard doors when you have taken your bags. We don't want foxes to nibble your veg!
The swap box is back!
It is in the hall during the Wednesday staffed collection, then outside the cupboards in the yard after that.
For those of you new to the scheme, the swap box gives you a chance to exchange an item in your bag that you don't want, for one that you do. Please swap all of a particular thing: eg all your bananas for the whole portion of onions in the box.
Organic & Natural
191 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 8EG
Collection times: Wednesdays 3pm-8pm, Thursdays 10am-8pm, Fridays 10am-8pm, Saturdays 10am-12pm.
The swap box is back!
Redmond Centre - Closed
The Redmond Centre is closed. We are delivering bags to the nearby Castle Climbing Centre instead.
Round Chapel Old School Rooms
Old School Rooms, 2 Powerscroft Road, E5 0PU
Collection times: Wednesdays 1pm-9pm, Thursday 8.30am-9pm, Friday 8.30am-5pm. Please bear with us and hold off collecting until 2pm if you can.
St John of Jerusalem
Lauriston Road, E9 7DH
Collection times: Thursdays 11am-7pm, Fridays 10am-7pm, Saturdays: 10am-1pm.
St Mary Stoke Newington
Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9ES
Collection times: Wednesdays 5pm – 9pm; Thursdays 9am – 9pm.
There's a mains light in the garage. The switch is on the right-hand side just behind the door. Don't forget to turn it off when you're finished.
St Peter de Beauvoir
Northchurch Terrace, De Beauvoir Town, N1 4DA
Collection times: Thursdays 1pm-8.30pm; Fridays 8am-8.30pm.
Our Hackney market gardens at Clissold and Springfield parks are welcoming volunteers again. For safety reasons, we can have just six people on each site, including three volunteers, and we need all volunteers to book for a morning or afternoon slot. We're currently at capacity but we can add you to the waiting list and let you know when more slots come up.
We are unable to offer volunteering at our Dagenham Farm as we do not have enough staff to ensure we can keep everyone safe. We have applied for funding to help us increase resourcing at the farm, so we hope to have more news in late spring. Click here to receive email updates about volunteering at Dagenham.
Growing Communities staff are working hard to protect our members, market customers, ourselves and our families from the Covid-19 virus
We’ve been taking extra precautions in our packing and delivery operations to minimise the risk of transmitting the virus.
Veg packing: All staff have been trained in Coronavirus hygiene. All staff wash hands before the pack starts and wear gloves while packing. Staff know not to touch their faces or phones during the packing. All staff wash hands according to official public health guidelines before and after eating or any breaks. We have minimised staff in the office to avoid unnecessary foot traffic during the pack. We’re quarantining your returned plastic bags to eliminate risk of contamination, and we have removed some swap boxes.
Veg delivery: The delivery van is cleaned when drivers change over and delivery staff have been trained in how to minimise the potential for virus transmission.
Market: We have spaced out the stalls to allow for quicker shopping and safe queuing. Stallholders are offering cardless transactions wherever possible and have their own hand sanitisers. We no longer offer samples of produce at the market. Please make use of the hand-washing facilities and sanitiser as you leave the market. We recommend wearing a mask while shopping.
Our farm and growing sites: Our growers are washing hands and tools regularly, cleaning gloves frequently and have been trained in Coronavirus hygiene.
Please help us! The veg scheme operates via public collection points so we ask you to take all precautions for public spaces including wearing a mask, bringing your own hand sanitiser or sanitiser wipes to wipe your hands after collecting your bags. Please remember to wash your hands after unpacking your veg (and fruit) at home as well as washing all fruit and veg before use as usual.